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You may have noticed that I haven’t been writing much here, even though when I am here I tend to have writing on the brain.  Yeah, sorry about that. But y’all? I am writing, a lot of other places. In fact, I have so much writing to do that I had to turn down a really exciting book project. (Um, did you know that I’m a writer? Because I think I only just realized that. No, really.)

Besides twitter, here’s where I’ve been piling words lately:


I’ve been asked to write a short column for the student newsletter at my school. You guys, no one ever salivated so much over 200 words in her life–mostly because I’m excited to tack on the word “columnist” to my resume and start acting like a big shot at the library. This week, I’m polishing up my first column about the local farmer’s market. I get to be part-helpful and part-tongue-in-cheek-pain-in-the-ass, which you know is my favorite combination.  (Are you still thinking about how I said “ass”?) Mostly, it reminds me that I like writing, and thinking about writing. And I really like deadlines.

I also turned in a book chapter this month, part of that book on Louis Armstrong I’ve been working on for hundreds and thousands of years. You know, every time I procrastinate on this project it’s because I forget about the deep joy that comes from writing about something I love, something I have soul passion for. Louis Armstrong is like that for me. So next time I crab about how much work I have to do, remind me, will you?

Finally, Nish at Deeper Story invited me to be in the Reader Spotlight this week! I get to share about storytelling and tell a little bit of my story, and it’s great fun. (Louis and Henry may make appearances. Ahem.) I’ve been beyond excited about it, and I realized that it’s not just because I believe in what Deeper Story does (though I do); it’s also because I’m so happy to be part of a community, to have conversations that matter, to both give and take. So come over and check it out!

Do you notice a theme here? Happiness. (And italicized words.) Writing gives me a special kind of satisfaction. I’m adding that to my list of Things I Need to Remember, because I’m inclined to forget. I get too caught up in being scared of all the things I don’t know or might not do right, and it turns out I’m missing out. But this is the year of not missing out. So.

The lesson is this: if you want to make me happy, ask me to write something. If you want to send me over the moon, ask me to write something on a deadline. You’ll see my smile from the space station.

The Enterprise reads you loud and clear. Smile away.
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I didn’t even know it when I wrote it, but this post has my One Word written all over it. 
More on my One Word, and Alece and the OneWord2011 project.

ring, happy bells

So…in most of the world it is already 2010, but here at Zizzivivizz we are still enjoying the primordial sludge that is 2009. I thought it would be fitting to remind you of some highlights of this past year that we’ve shared together – high points, low points, and some personal favorites. I made a lot of new bloggy friends in the second half of the year, so some of this might be new to you. Come on in. Look around. :)
In 2009, I …
- Got, and lost, a very sweet bunny :(

- Pondered my musical disease and possible old lady-ness

I have a deep and abiding love for Neil.
- Had a crazy adventure with the girls in Pittsburgh

Stefani and KB
Me and Jan
Somehow, we did not manage to get one picture of the four of us. Or at least, I didn’t. Oh well, there’s always next year!
- Obsessed about Henry James, Louis Armstrong, and many other people

Lots of wizard outfits, and some lovely ladies
- Held an Oscar and ate my way through Westwood. Oh, and saw movie stars! Including Robert Downey, Jr., one of my favorites – probably because he has always reminded me of my brother. :)
- Started participating in Tuesdays Unwrapped with Emily at Chatting at the Sky and met lots of wonderful ladies :) Click on my magical hidden links to discover some of my favorite posts. :)
- Went to Illinois for dear Heather’s wedding
I love me some cloudscapes :)
- Read for the Classics Challenge
- Was in a bazillion weddings, including for two of my best friends, ever, and baked a jillion cupcakes

Just a little taste of my weddingy summer
- Baked Stefani my favorite cupcakes ever

Penguin cupcakes in their natural habitat – a joke that still cracks me up
- Reflected on the beautiful gift that is outside

- Taught myself French and passed a translation test!
- And finally, finished my PhD coursework, with much rejoicing in all the land.
Also, it wouldn’t be fitting for me to end the year without letting you know that Captain Jean-Luc Picard is about to become Sir Captain Jean-Luc Picard. It was announced today. A rather auspicious start to 2010, don’t you think?

Well, now, rather.

Happy new year, friends! 2009 has been a little bit of a loony year. I guess every year has its peaks and valleys, but I always find, looking back, that on balance I have much more to be grateful for than to be sad about. I am looking forward to the adventures 2010 will hold, and I wish for you all a year full of abiding peace and ever deeper joys. And at least once, may you laugh until you cry. Just for me. :)